14 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named for the American cult that met a tragic suicidal end in Jonestown, Guyana, in the ‘70s, this quartet (with two pairs of brothers) from Lansing, Mich., churns out muscular psych-rock steeped in the history of groups like The Chocolate Watchband, The 13th Floor Elevators, and Love. The sound is gritty and echoey, as if recorded in a cavernous, dusty garage studio for less money than the beer budget. While not exactly as doom-filled as the group’s name might imply, Sons of Stone is a decidedly dark psychedelic brew, with occasional detouring into sweaty garage punk (“Pretender”), sinister occult-ishness (“Keeper (of Souls)”), Detroit R&B gone bad (“Miles Away”), and Brian Jonestown Massacre–flavored narco-haze (“Sons of Stone,” “Stick Around”). Anyone who’s ever discovered a great, unheralded ‘60s band on a scratched-up 7” during a bin dive will love Sons of Stone, especially the jittery tambourines and twangy, reverbed guitar on tracks like “Led as One,” “Visions of the Sun,” and the especially feral “Starstreamer.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named for the American cult that met a tragic suicidal end in Jonestown, Guyana, in the ‘70s, this quartet (with two pairs of brothers) from Lansing, Mich., churns out muscular psych-rock steeped in the history of groups like The Chocolate Watchband, The 13th Floor Elevators, and Love. The sound is gritty and echoey, as if recorded in a cavernous, dusty garage studio for less money than the beer budget. While not exactly as doom-filled as the group’s name might imply, Sons of Stone is a decidedly dark psychedelic brew, with occasional detouring into sweaty garage punk (“Pretender”), sinister occult-ishness (“Keeper (of Souls)”), Detroit R&B gone bad (“Miles Away”), and Brian Jonestown Massacre–flavored narco-haze (“Sons of Stone,” “Stick Around”). Anyone who’s ever discovered a great, unheralded ‘60s band on a scratched-up 7” during a bin dive will love Sons of Stone, especially the jittery tambourines and twangy, reverbed guitar on tracks like “Led as One,” “Visions of the Sun,” and the especially feral “Starstreamer.”

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